Notes from the Hawker's Nest:
After years of wishing I could capture all of the wonderful music I was hearing at the Rainbow gatherings to bring home, I finally got myself together enough to start recording at the Arizona National gathering. Here is my first attempt. Even though I was learning a new art, struggling with new equipment, batteries and basically learning a new craft, this CD does manage to capture some wonderful performances. It isn't technically perfect, but it captures my heart. I am proud to offer it to you, my family as a gift of my love for Rainbow and the Music. To the many artists who let me record them, thank you! I'm sorry if I got the names of your songs wrong.
This recording was made with a Shure VP-88 Mid-Side microphone and suspension mount, recorded directly into a Tascam DAP-1 portable DAT Deck at 48Khz. About 10 hours of DAT tapes were made and culled though to create these 72 minutes. The recordings were transferred into my computer via SPDIF and a Gina card. Sample rate was then converted to 44.1KHz from 48KHz. Levels were normalized, and some compression & limiting, when needed, was used in the process using Sound Forge 4.0e. No EQ or other processing was used. Compression to MP3 was done with the Telos/Fraunhofer codec in the standard encoding mode. This was my first year getting used to this equipment so these recordings were a learning experience to me. While they are not perfect technically I feel they do give some idea of the magic that can happen at the Rainbow campfires.
Here is a brief explanation of the songs included on the CD.
To download any of these simply right click over the song name and select "Save Link As".
To Play these songs you will need an MP3 player.
If anyone can tell me more about the artists, songs, or correct me on a miss-titled song I would appreciate it. You may contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since I was very busy in 98, these songs are basically the sum total of three recording sessions.
1 Flute by the River
This recording was made about 30 minuets before we broke silence on the Fourth. I was walking to Main Circle from Bliss and came across a brother sitting by the stream playing a PVC flute. The entire camp was silent waiting for high noon, so the flute could be heard reverberating throughout the camp, with the sound of the stream in the background. Unfortunately, my DAT deck's batteries failed suddenly which is why the piece fades off so quickly. The flute player's name is unknown at this time.
2 Standing in the Need of Prayer
Recordings # 2-4 were made at the small fire pit above and between Tea Time and Musical Veggie. There were about a half dozen musicians and about the same number of listeners there at the time. After a few songs, the musicians forgot about the microphone and magic happened. This recording is one of my favorites on the CD. Unfortunately, I do not know any of the musicians' names from this "session".
3 No Expectations
This one almost didn't make the cut. I'm glad it did. It's an old Stones tune, I think. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. I also do not know the musician's name here.
4 Southern Cross
This of course is the Crosby, Stills & Nash Classic. Everyone joined in, and a good time was had by all. Musicians quiz --- what are they waiting for before they can start the song together?
5 (out take #1)
Fun fillers I found whilst editing the masters. I'll leave it up to you to form your own opinions.
6 So the Story Goes
Songs #6 - #10 were recorded at an AGR party up at Bliss. I think we were all planing on a quick party and then going elsewhere, then music happened. You can hear the propane lantern hissing in the background during most of these songs creating the warm mood we all felt that night. And of course, that's Scotty flapping his trap during most of these songs. I don't think it's him singing, however.
This song is the classic, Operator. This and the next song are sung by Arjay Sutton, a frequent contributor to the Rainbow news-group. I've enjoyed Arjays music since I first met him, I think at the Missouri gathering. He has a way of belting it out and bringing us all into his music like few others I know. Get him going and he keeps playing and playing. I'm honored to have his music on this CD. If you see him however point out that Arjay needs cue cards... perhaps we need a bumper sticker.
8 The River's Song
This is one of Arjays songs. He said it was written after the 93 gathering in Alabama. The song tells a great story and I can see what the river has to say as he sings the song.
9 Right Now is My Home
These next two were sung by a wonderful musician I know only as Alan. They are quite magical. He played this tune first to capture us all and then laid the next one on us...........
This one captivated us all. By the time we realized what was coming, it was too late. We had been captivated by its spell. This was quite an amazing piece. Alan told me he felt good and wanted to get his best song into my recording. I'm so pleased to share it with ya. By the way if any of you see Alan would you please teach him how to pronounce gouda ("goo-dah").
11 (out take #2)
More out-takes for your pleasure. I'm sure you can relate to this one.
12 Goin Down the Mountain
This song should need no introduction. The rest of these songs were recorded over two days at Lovin Ovens. I think with all the hype surrounding the Rainbow movie recorded at Aloha that year many of the musicians were looking for a new, lower key outlet. Lovin Ovens was that outlet this year. The Ovens are a great place to hang out at night. There were three main fire pits where we sang, drank coffee and ate fresh baked sticky buns, pizza, cookies and anything else that came out of those barrels the folks at the Ovens baked in.
13 Jump for Joy
Tommy and his crew just kept the music pouring all night, while the ovens kept our bellies full as well. Sailor's has his own first hand account of how Lovin' Ovens ended up with the best music, "....funny how that happened, we weren't getting anything from supply because Gypsy thought we did our own supply. Well we were down to 20# of flour, no food for the crew and about $20 in our hat. So we put up a sign down by info that said Ovens declaring bankruptcy -- to close tomorrow. Tommy saw it and thought it was hilarious, said he'd come with a few friends and the shake the can for us. They were really hot, had the joint rocking, took in over $200 the first night."
14 White Buffalo
After a few songs two sisters came out of nowhere and took us all by storm. They sang for about an hour, spellbinding us, and giving us these next two songs. I know not their names. I think one was named Maria, then again, maybe I'm wrong. I understand that they were both from Hawaii. Their music was wonderful however.
15 Wash Away the Great Pain
One more song from these two incredibly talented sisters.
16 Coming in from the Cold
The music at Lovin Ovens was especially enjoyable. The range of instruments, musicians and music folks brought to the place was amazing. You can clearly hear the double bass one brother dragged up that hill to 9000 to entertain us all. What a night!
17 I Don't Want to Wait In Vain
Nothing better than listening to good musicians play together. While this song was playing a "tourist" asked me the name of the band. She didn't believe it was just friends jamming together. I used to like taking the media to The Ovens during the day. It would blow them away to get out in the woods and find this. As one journalist made it to the top of The Ovens, her eyes widened in amazement as she exclaimed "They're baking up here".
18 Don't Murder Me
Why stop a good thing. The music just kept playing the band that night. We all just sat there clapping, dancing, singing along and going along for the ride.
19 (out take #3)
Well that's all folks, hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. It's your turn.